Cigar: Nica Puro H-Town Lancero (7×40)
Company: Alec Bradley
Price: $7.95, available exclusively at Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, TX
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Acquired: C.A.T.S. Fest 3
Elements: Corner of No Hope / Cheap Cabernet Sauvignon
Pre-light sniff of the foot revealed a very sweet tobacco smell, which reminded me of the brief period in time when I experimented with Red Man chewing tobacco as a youngster. I loved that natural sweetness but after ten minutes my head would start spinning and I’d fall over unconscious. Good times.
The twisted cap tears off perfectly without requiring any touch up with the scissors and we’re off!
It’s rare in my experiences for a lancero to pour out this much smoke. Fortunately for me the room is well ventilated and the aroma is pleasant. The first few draws reveal notes of cocoa and roasted coffee beans.
The grey ash drops at around the inch marker and the burn line is relatively straight. Again, what’s sticking out to me early on is the fantastic aroma coming off the cigar.
Subtle almond notes briefly enter the mix but the coffee bean and cocoa flavor are still the dominant forces. At about the halfway point a slight mint note also appears which adds a nice layer of complexity for sure. I’m really enjoying the stogie at this point.
It seems as though the ash doesn’t like to hold on for anything more than an inch, so you (and your lap) have been warned.
The almond is gone just as quickly as it entered the party. Apparently it just wanted to be seen so it could say it was there before it slipped out the backdoor. What a dickhead move, screw you subtle almond note! Well, the almond flavor is not missed in the slightest as the uniqueness of the mint and cocoa are proving to be this cigar’s calling card. It’s like you’re smoking a Thin Mint cookie… if only such a spiritual thing could actually happen in real life.
The cigar is requiring a bit of attention with the lighter at the last inch or so but I’m not complaining at all.
Without having sampled some of Alec Bradley’s higher echelon of cigars, the H-Town Lancero is easily my favorite AC cigar up to this point. It was a highly enjoyable hour and forty five minutes, never boring, well worth the price point, and I will be seeking out more. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to track down some Girl Scouts and procure me some of their delicious
crack Thin Mint cookies right f’n now!!!